Nigerian lawmakers Oppose Motion to Make WAEC, UTME Free for Students

Written by Benjamin Adewumi

The House of Representatives has turned down a motion that sought to compel the federal government to make the 2023/2024 secondary school examination free for all Nigerians.

The motion, moved by Anamero Dekeri, called on the federal government to make WAEC, NECO and JAMB free for this academic session, but the lawmakers kicked against it.

This motion is coming at a time when Nigerians are still condemning the action of lawmakers to spend billions on their official vehicles.

In the motion, Dekeri said the federal government already saved money through the removal of petroleum subsidy and should help families that are struggling.

The lawmaker said the Ministry of Education should make the examinations free.

“Urge the Ministry of Education to declare 2023 and 2024 WAEC, NECO and JAMB examinations registration free, to enable the common man have a direct benefit of fuel subsidy removal palliatives,” Dekeri’s prayer reads.

Following the presentation of the motion, it was met with stiff opposition from members of the House.

The Majority Leader, Julius Ihonvbere moved an amendment that lawmakers should instead fund the free examination. But the amendment was countered by Ado Doguwa, who said members are already paying the fees.

Following a long debate, Awaji Abiante moved a motion for the House to step it down, and it was adopted unanimously.

The rejection of the motion has sparked outrage among Nigerians, who accused the lawmakers of being insensitive and selfish.

Some Nigerians took to social media to express their displeasure and demand accountability from their representatives.

One user wrote: “How can they reject such a motion? Do they know how hard it is for parents to pay for these exams? They are only interested in their own welfare.”

Another user said: “This is why we need to vote them out. They don’t care about education or development. They only care about their cars and allowances.”

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